What Can Atheists Learn from the LGBT Movement?

At the Secular Student Alliance conference a couple weeks ago, Greta Christina gave the keynote address on the topic “What Atheists Can Learn from the LGBT Movement.” (An earlier, briefer version of her talk can be found here.) You often hear analogies about how coming out as an atheist has parallels to coming out as [Read More…]

Tuesdays with Hitchens

Seriously, if Christopher Hitchens wrote a book about facing death as an atheist, wouldn’t you pick that up immediately? He spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper about his esophageal cancer. It’s a point of view you rarely hear on television — an atheist with a potentially life-threatening disease responding to Christians who are praying for him [Read More…]

Introducing the New Secular Student Alliance Chair

I mentioned last week that I was stepping down from my position as chair of the Secular Student Alliance board of directors. I’ll remain on the board, but with a lot of other things happening in my life, something had to give. The new chair is Joe Foley, a doctoral candidate in genetics at Stanford [Read More…]

What Would You Include in a Secular “Baptism” Ceremony?

I received an email from a father on behalf of his wife and 14-month-old daughter. They never baptized their baby and the grandparents are not too happy: … I find the idea of something as innocent as a baby needing to be cleansed and purified of the sins of her (non-existent) ancient ancestors through an [Read More…]

Lakeland City Council Finds Loophole to Allow for Religious Invocations

In Florida, the Lakeland City Council members can’t get enough prayer. They invite predominantly Christian people to deliver invocations and they see nothing wrong with this. The Atheists of Florida filed a lawsuit (PDF) telling them to stop. They even suggested a compromise: Don’t pray, but we’ll accept a moment of silence. What did the [Read More…]